The court said that with leagues across the country shut down, they will give players the chance to exchange suspensions for fines.

Some 90% of those fines paid by players for infringements such as violent play or fighting will be donated to hospitals or clinics treating COVID-19 patients.

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Each club can choose local institutions to help, or donate to a suggested list, a court spokesman said.

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In addition, 100% of fines owed by clubs for late kickoffs will also go to the fund.

The court has 77 cases pending judgment.

Authorities raised around 2 million reais in fines last year, the spokesperson said.

Brazil had recorded 11,516 COVID-19 cases, with 506 fatalities.

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